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You Don't Look Your Age...and Other Fairy Tales
by Sheila Nevins


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..".the decided advantage of the audio book is that it is read by a cast of stars as long as your arm -- thanks to Nevins' considerable achievements in television and production...This is choice listening for the car, as the stories are short and thus lend themselves to erranding and other short hops." Fran Wood, NJ.com

This program is read by the author and a full cast: Cynthia Adler, Alan Alda, Bob Balaban, Christine Baranski, Kathy Bates, Ellen Burstyn, Glenn Close, Katie Couric, John Henry Cox, Blythe Danner, Lena Dunham, Edie Falco, Tovah Feldshuh, Diane von Furstenberg, Whoopi Goldberg, Gayle King, Diane Lane,
Sandra Lee, Judith Light, Jenna Lyons, Audra McDonald, Janet Mock, Sheila Nevins, Rosie O'Donnell, Jean Richards, RuPaul, Liz Smith, Lesley Stahl, Gloria Steinem, Martha Stewart, Meryl Streep, Marlo Thomas, Lily Tomlin, and Gloria Vanderbilt.  Read more...


 
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Overview

..".the decided advantage of the audio book is that it is read by a cast of stars as long as your arm -- thanks to Nevins' considerable achievements in television and production...This is choice listening for the car, as the stories are short and thus lend themselves to erranding and other short hops." Fran Wood, NJ.com

This program is read by the author and a full cast: Cynthia Adler, Alan Alda, Bob Balaban, Christine Baranski, Kathy Bates, Ellen Burstyn, Glenn Close, Katie Couric, John Henry Cox, Blythe Danner, Lena Dunham, Edie Falco, Tovah Feldshuh, Diane von Furstenberg, Whoopi Goldberg, Gayle King, Diane Lane,
Sandra Lee, Judith Light, Jenna Lyons, Audra McDonald, Janet Mock, Sheila Nevins, Rosie O'Donnell, Jean Richards, RuPaul, Liz Smith, Lesley Stahl, Gloria Steinem, Martha Stewart, Meryl Streep, Marlo Thomas, Lily Tomlin, and Gloria Vanderbilt.

"Thank you to Sheila Nevins for putting all this down for posterity. Women need this kind of honest excavation of the process of living." --Meryl Streep

An astonishingly frank, funny, poignant audiobook for any woman who wishes they had someone who would say to them, "This happened to me, learn from my mistakes and my successes. Because you don't get smarter as you get older, you get braver."

Sheila Nevins is the best friend you never knew you had. She is your discreet confidante you can tell any secret to, your sage mentor at work who helps you navigate the often uneven playing field, your wise sister who has "been there, done that," your hysterical girlfriend whose stories about men will make you laugh until you cry. Sheila Nevins is the one person who always tells it like it is.

In You Don't Look Your Age, the famed documentary producer (as President of HBO Documentary Films for over 30 years, Nevins has rightfully been credited with creating the documentary rebirth) finally steps out from behind the camera and takes her place front and center.

In this program you will hear about the real life challenges of being a woman in a man's world, what it means to be a working mother, what it's like to be an older woman in a youth-obsessed culture, the sometimes changing, often sweet truth about marriages, what being a feminist really means, and that you are in good company if your adult children don't return your phone calls.

So come, sit down, make yourself comfortable, and slip on those headphones. You're in for a treat.



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  • ISBN-13: 9781427286659
  • ISBN-10: 1427286655
  • Publisher: MacMillan Audio
  • Publish Date: May 2017
  • Dimensions: 5.7 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25 pounds


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A chorus of celebrity voices gives life to an author’s words

When I finally finished writing my collection of essays and poetry, You Don’t Look Your Age . . . and Other Fairy Tales, I realized there would be an audio version, and it would have to be read. But the thought of reading my own book, admitting my own stories, telling my secrets, was more than I could handle.

I discussed this problem ferociously with my friends and even let my psychiatrist in. The conclusion was that rather than keeping the audiobook so close to myself, I should ask others to read it. So who were these others to be and where would I find them?

It all started at the 80th birthday party for playwright and gay rights hero Larry Kramer. The party was in my home, and actress Christine Baranski came to celebrate this great man. A flash occurred! Why not read a poem from the book to Larry (“The Larry Kramer”) and see if he liked it, and at the same time, ensnare Christine into reading it for the audio? “What a good idea,” I thought. “How terrifying!”

At first, I read parts of the poem to Larry’s husband, David Webster: “I loved that he fought to get healthy, defying odds once again. I will not die, he seemed to say, I will not be forgotten, he seemed to say. Yet death hovered and he was challenged. . . .” David teared up and said it seemed fine and that I should give the whole poem to Larry to read. I saw Larry quietly seated, eating his birthday cake alone. I walked over to him, gave him a big kiss and handed him the entire poem. He read it and sweetly smiled. He said that he liked what I had written, that he was flattered. I kissed him again. I then took another deep breath and got the courage to find the beautiful Christine. She loves Larry as I do. I asked her if she would read my poem about Larry for the audiobook. She said of course she would! And then a bell went off in my head. If the likes of Larry liked my poem, and the likes of Christine would read my poem, maybe I could get other celebrities to read my stories. This would distance the book from me, give me a role as Madame Le Directeur, and hopefully be something special to present.

"I never called an agent, I never called a manager. I went direct. And one by one, almost all said yes."

And so it began, this long journey seeking stardom. Why not the great Rosie O’Donnell, why not the revered gossip columnist Liz Smith, why not the authentic Alan Alda, why not the actress of all actresses, Ellen Burstyn? Why not even dare to ask Meryl Streep? And so I did—by email, by phone, by letter—ask these luminaries to be part of my first book and tell a part of my written and imaginary life. I never called an agent, I never called a manager. I went direct. And one by one, almost all said yes. And one by one, I recorded, nervously directed and always felt grateful as these special folk gave life to my musings.

This is how it came to be, this audiobook narrated by 25 stars, including: Bob Balaban, Kathy Bates, Glenn Close, Katie Couric, Blythe Danner, Lena Dunham, Edie Falco, Tovah Feldshuh, Diane von Furstenberg, Whoopi Goldberg, Gayle King, Diane Lane, Sandra Lee, Judith Light, Jenna Lyons, Audra McDonald, Janet Mock, RuPaul, Lesley Stahl, Martha Stewart, Marlo Thomas, Lily Tomlin, Gloria Steinem and Gloria Vanderbilt.

I hope this performance audio gives life to the book. I hope this feels like a theatrical presentation of the spoken word, with original music by the genius Michael Bacon and the audio perked to perfection by Scott Sherratt and my colleague Rob Forlenza. I present my orchestrated audiobook. Here it is! Voila! 

The president of HBO Documentary Films, Sheila Nevins has produced more than a thousand documentaries, many of which have been honored with Academy Awards, Emmy Awards and Peabody Awards. Her wry and poignant autobiographical collection, You Don’t Look Your Age . . . and Other Fairy Tales, charts her course from Barnard College to Hollywood with candid reflections on face-lifts, frenemies and many other topics.

This article was originally published in the June 2017 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 
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